Fed Court Rejects Rhode Island Indians’ Attempt to Stop Pipeline

The Narragansett Indian Tribe in Rhode Island won’t be smoking the peace pipe any time soon. The Tribe tried to block construction of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) Connecticut Expansion pipeline project as a violation the National Historic Preservation Act by not protecting “ceremonial stone landscapes” supposedly found along the path of the pipeline (see Indian Tribe Fights FERC Over Tiny Pipeline in Mass. The Tribe asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reconsider its approval of the project, which FERC refused, so the Tribe sued in federal court last summer (see Rhode Island Indians Take FERC to Court re Massachusetts Pipeline). The federal court ruled the Tribe did not have standing in February, and yesterday the court refused to reconsider their decision.

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